A Trailblazer in the World of AI

Helen Meng, (Class of '83) is a trailblazer in her field. She represents the small cohort of women who make up only 12% of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) research world and 26% of the technology workforce, and is a recognized scholar in the field of multilingual speech and language processing, multimodal human-computer interaction and Big Data decision analytics. Helen completed all 13 years of her primary and secondary education at DGJS and DGS. She received the S.B., S.M. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is presently Professor of the Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management at The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Q: Were there any factors which guided or motivated you towards your present career path?

After completing sixth form, I was accepted by Hong Kong University's medical school which was a very promising choice. But an unconventional opportunity availed and I decided to defer my pursuit of medicine to study at MIT, which turned out to be an unusual and exceptional experience. For my senior year project, I designed an electrically tunable waveguide that can transmit electromagnetic waves for hyperthermia in cancer treatment. This led to my receiving the Ernst A. Guillemin Thesis Award for the best undergraduate thesis in electrical engineering that year. It was very gratifying to realize that engineers can also contribute to medicine.

For my graduate studies and subsequent career development, I channeled my fascination in the research of signal processing and pattern recognition into speech and language. Speech is a most interesting signal. It is the most natural form of human-human communication. Not only can it encode what the speaker is trying to say, the listener can also derive information about the speaker's gender, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and emotions. It can even provide information about the speaker's physical, psychological and cognitive health. The ultimate goal of my research is to make human-computer (or human-AI) conversations as natural as human-human dialogs, and enable automatic extraction of pinpointed information from massive digital archives. The biliteral and trilingual environment in Hong Kong offers a most interesting linguistic environment for my work and has enabled our development of an exciting new technology recently on voice conversion. Consider the mechanistic, synthetic 「voice」 of the late Professor Stephen Hawking -- by utilizing some amount of speech recordings from a chosen target speaker, we can convert a synthetic voice to sound as if it were spoken by any chosen target speaker. This software can perform cross-gender and cross-language voice conversion as well and, can serve as an assistive technology that makes synthetic speech sound more personalized and human for those with communicative impairments. As a testimony to our work, we received the best paper award from a major conference in our field recently.

Helen's classmates from DGJS all the way from Primary 1, as well as her daughter,
also from DGJS, congratulating her on the receipt of the Outstanding Women Professionals and Entrepreneurs Award


Q: Please share with us your experience with Big Data and AI?

AI is and will continue to be greatly empowered by Big Data. Its potential threats arouse serious concerns for many people, but if we can harness AI and Big Data well, it can also present significant, life-improving breakthroughs.

Researchers in my field often say, 「there's no data like more data」. For example, when different people say the three letters 「DGS」, the speech signals are all different, because they come from different voices, intonation, background noises, etc. By capturing more data, we can eliminate the variability and interference, and extract the common patterns from the data more accurately; thus creating a more powerful engine for use.

One example of AI/Big Data application is in my work on dysarthric speech recognition. Dysarthria is a speech disorder, characterized by unclear articulation, that may be related to stroke, Parkinson's Disease, traumatic brain injuries, etc. To benchmark our AI algorithms on a global scale, we began by experimentation with English dysarthric speech recognition. So far, our work has achieved the best results in English dysarthric speech recognition globally, using AI algorithms which perform better than the average human. In order to serve our own community, I have been collecting Cantonese dysarthric speech data in the past few years. I am very touched by all our subjects who volunteered their hard efforts to provide dysarthric speech recordings for our research. Our aim is to build an effective dysarthric speech recognition engine for the Cantonese language and to reengineer our technologies for applicability to Cantonese.

Our team has also worked on the use of AI to help in the earlier prediction of Alzheimer's disease (AD), based on daily activity rhythm of elderly persons. Data collected on smart wristbands worn by over a thousand elderly persons is used to develop machine learning algorithms that can analyze the data to perform classification and hopefully the earlier prediction of AD.

In addition, we have developed a digital version of Hong Kong Hospital Authority's Communication Book to replace the paper version, which has been used by the speech impaired to point to pictures in order to communicate. In comparison, our Electronic Communication Book is more widely accessible as it can be freely downloaded on a tablet and is also very easy to personalize. AI has enabled this e-book to 「speak」 in Cantonese and 10 other languages, and I am happy to say that our work has received an award on Smart Inclusion from Hong Kong ICT Awards last year.

Helen received an award for Smart Inclusion from the Hong Kong ICT Awards for her development of the Electronic Communication Book

 
Separately, I am now serving on the HKSAR Government's Steering Committee in Electronic Health Record Sharing, which is a very important and forward-looking initiative to create a holistic health data repository for every citizen in Hong Kong. This Big Data picture for each patient will enable healthcare professionals to provide better, personalized care. Properly anonymized data with AI-enabled analytics can also be used to identify disease trends, which holds the promise of early prediction and prevention of diseases.

However, it is important not to forget that the more data that is collected and used, the more challenges it poses in terms of security, such as the risks of privacy breach, data corruption and manipulation. Advancement in AI technology is very exciting indeed, but it can be misused from both legal and ethical perspectives. To counter this, I am now working on anti-spoofing technologies to guard against misuse of voice conversion technologies in impersonation attacks to voiceprint authentication systems.

Helen was panel chair at the Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation panel discussion


Q: What do you consider as the most valuable qualities you learned from DGS?

I acquired many valuable assets from my DGS education, which proved to be enormously beneficial to my career as an educator, researcher and technologist. They were: having the courage to speak from the heart, both positively and negatively; not shying away from failure and being bold in attempting to solve difficult problems in the face of incalculable outcomes or even likely failure; as well as setting a standard for our personal best so that we are always striving to do better. I am truly grateful to my alma mater for helping me attain these traits.

Helen (front row, 5th from the left) in Form 4 Science at DGS


Q: Do you have any message on career development for our alumnae and students?

The new normal will be multiple careers in one lifetime. There is a common view in career development is that if a person cannot get into a good university or a good degree, he/she is a loser. With the world changing drastically as a result of rapid technological advancement, any one degree or even excellence in a job may not suffice to make a single career last a whole lifetime. AI will disrupt some jobs and there may be a need to transition to another career. However, it will mean that there will be many ways by which one can excel.

Therefore, the right attitude is to stay abreast of the changes and keep up-skilling yourself. Never be afraid to learn new things. Do it continuously. See your career as being progressive and mobile -- it should not and cannot be stationary.

As an educator, I think that since STEM will be so critical in our everyday lives, it should be taught as a core subject in the long run. With the onset of AI technology being pervasive and disruptive, we need to teach the younger generation from an early age how to embrace technology and understand its impact and capability to change our world. To achieve this, I cannot stress more that the way to learn is by building things, to really roll up your sleeves and do it. We refer to that as maker skills. Making goes hand-in-hand with design thinking, i.e. thinking creatively to design solutions to problems; and computational thinking, i.e. thinking logically, procedurally and systematically. Coding and robotics courses are good training grounds for youngsters. In addition, the whole world needs to think about the ethical and social implications of new and emerging technologies, in order to establish policies and guidelines that ensure ethical use, and prevent misuse.

I am very happy to see DGS girls taking initiatives in STEM projects and participating in STEM competitions. I am even happier to see that our school is investing significantly in enhancing the infrastructure and facilities for STEM education. To that end, I would like to see DGS girls not shy away from, but embrace technology and become trailblazers in their own fields.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Lau - Caring for the HK Community

Miss Lisa Lau (Class of 1980) has served as the Chairman of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health (COSH) for 6 years till October 2014. During her tenure, she successfully headed an anti-smoking promotional campaign which left a lasting legacy of a healthier Hong Kong, and brought about a heightened awareness of the perils of smoking. Under her chairmanship of COSH, significant progress was achieved through the education of the public on the hazards of secondhand smoke, the ban on display of all forms of promotion of tobacco products, cumulating in the successful lobbying and the eventual passing of various legislation amendments, including the increase in tobacco tax and the implementation of comprehensive tobacco control measures.

In 2013, Lisa was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government for meritorious public and community service, particularly for her valuable contribution to the advocacy of tobacco control. After handing over the reins of COSH to the next generation of tobacco fighters, Lisa continues to serve the HK community on various quasi-governmental boards and charitable organisations such as Sir David Trench Fund Committee, The Sports Commission, Action Committee Against Narcotics, Independent Police Complaints Council and Hong Kong Sinfonietta.

After completing her studies at DGS, Lisa pursued undergraduate studies in the USA, majoring in advertising, and eventually started her own graphics and advertising consultancy after working for her family garment manufacturing business. DOGA Editorial Sub-Committee met with Lisa to explore the factors which led her to devote herself to service in the community.

I: Interviewers       L: Lisa

I: What were the factors which shaped your involvement in community service?

L: My father was a big believer of community services, and devoted many years of his active life to serve on the board of charitable organisations and many education related groups. Following in his footsteps, I started volunteering for the “Summer Youth Program” of the Home Affairs Department, where I served as the program’s publicity and education sub-committee convener. In 2000, I became a member of COSH, and eventually taking the role of chairman in 2008 before retiring in October 2014.

I enjoy identifying problems and tackling them with solutions from different angles. From the varying roles I play on volunteer organisations, I derive an enormous level of satisfaction from learning about the multi-faceted needs of the community, and challenging myself to finding solutions for them.

I: Did your time at DGS shape you towards servicing the community?

L: Dr. C J Symons definitely had a huge influence and instilled in us the motto of “Daily Giving Service”. I recall in one morning assembly, Dr. Symons spoke about a girl who lost her wallet at school. Instead of criticising the morals of the pickpocket, Dr. Symons placed emphasis on the responsibilities of the girl who did not take care of her own belongings in the first place. From Dr. Symons, I learned to view societal responsibilities from multiple angles, instead of from any single perspective.

I: What advice do you have for DGS girls?

L: My advice for DGS students today is, “As you encounter different responsibilities at different stages of your lives, it is crucial to set goals as to what you aim to achieve. Trying your best is often far more important than mere eventual achievements. DGS girls have often demonstrated that they can work with confidence. This self-belief will eventually translate into success in achieving your objectives.”

I: Would you like to share any of your future goals?

L: Going forward, my goal is to better manage my time between personal, business and community service work. For the community, I would like to focus on the development of arts, culture and sports for the youth. My passion for the arts remains unabated, as I run a graphics design company and will continue to help to place internships for art school students.

We applaud Lisa’s contribution to our society and wish her every success in all her pursuits.

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Karen Lam Siu-ling- Class of '69

Karen Lam Siu-ling, Chair Professor in Medicine at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), holds a number of responsibilities -

 


- Chairman, Medical Sciences Group, Faculty of Medicine, HKU
- Deputy Head, Department of Medicine; HKU
- Director, Centre of Endocrinology and Diabetes; HKU
- Chairman, Board of Management, Clinical Trial Center, HKU
- Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Queen Mary Hospital
- Director, K.K.Leung Diabetes Centre; Queen Mary Hospital
- Honorary Consultant, Queen Mary Hospital
- Visiting Professor, Sun Yat Sun University of Medical Sciences, Guangzhou, & Shantao University, PRC


Her current research includes genetics and pathogenesis of diabetes and its complications, obesity, and pituitary disorders. She has made significant research contributions in clinical and basic endocrinology, diabetes and lipid metabolism, with over 160 referred research/review publications.


In addition to her work as a medical doctor, a lecturing professor and a researcher in the medical field, Karen has two lovely children, daughter Victoria (aged 11 and studying at DGS) and son Benjamin (aged 10 and studying at St. Joseph's) to look after. Karen is married to Selwyn So, who is as busy as Karen (almost!) as he works as a doctor and also as a barrister.


Karen was interviewed on 22nd November, 2003 by Grace Lam and Winnie Kong, who set out their interview below.

Finding time for the family

Karen and her husband do not normally finish work until 7:30p.m. to 8p.m. each evening. Once they arrive home, time is totally allocated to the children. The whole family normally dines together each evening; this allows time for the children chatting to their parents as to their whole day's affairs and any special areas of interest and/or concerns. After dinner, Karen and her husband will help with the children's homework, if necessary and then they will play some games together.

The weekend is saved for the children. Besides going to church every Sunday morning, the whole family will play badminton together in the weekend, and/or go hiking in the cooler weather and swim in the warmer weather.


Karen has been encouraging her children to look after themselves since they were at a very young age. She is proud that both her children are relatively independent; they attend to their schoolwork themselves (achieving very good results) and seek help only if necessary; they read a lot and participate in a number of extra curricular activities which include boy scouts/girl guides, badminton, swimming and studying French. The children look up to their parents as their role models.


 

Academic achievements

Karen finished her primary study at St. Rose of Lima and attained the highest score in the Hong Kong primary school certificate examination. She gained a scholarship to receive her secondary education at Diocesan Girls' School from 1964 to 1969 and again attained the highest score in the Hong Kong Form 5 school certificate examination. After spending two more years at DGS after the Form 5 graduation, Karen enrolled as a medical student in 1971 at the University of Hong Kong. With consistency, she graduated from the Medical Faculty, University of Hong Kong yet again scoring the highest marks.


Memories of the DGS schooldays

Karen recalls that she did not start her early days of education in DGS without difficulty. Moving from St. Rose of Lima, which used Chinese as the medium of instruction, to DGS, which used English (very high standard as well) as the medium of instruction, Karen found it difficult to cope with her work required upfront. Realising that she must resolve the problem on her own and quickly, Karen worked harder on her subjects, sought help from her colleagues by borrowing their notes for copying and spent a lot of her free times in reading English books with the aim to improve the capability of mastering the language. One thing that Karen always believes is that with determination, all problems can be resolved.

 



 

The teachers that Karen remembers most include Mrs. Nellie Yu who helped her a lot in English. Through Mrs. Yu, Karen learnt to understand sentence structure a lot better and how to write in a precise and clear manner which proved to be very useful in the written work (which includes a lot of research papers) currently required of her.

The other teachers that Karen has a lot of memory of are Mrs. O'Connell who taught her oral English and Miss Manily who taught her music. Karen thinks that it is particularly good for DGS to provide music class for all the forms in secondary school, giving girls an opportunity to learn music theory even if they are not involved in any particular music training.


Things gained at DGS

Having spent seven years at DGS, Karen made a lot of friends, some of whom she is still seeing on a regular basis nowadays. They have small group gatherings once every month or bi-monthly.

Karen treasured the days at school and enjoyed particularly the extra curricular activities provided/organized by the school or the girls themselves. Through these activities, the girls learnt how to build up their organizational skill, self-confidence and independence, characteristics of DGS girls which are helpful for them in many aspects throughout life.

 

Advice to girls


In addition to working hard and being determined to achieve success, the other piece of advice that Karen gives to the girls is that one should make their choice of studying and career based on one's own interest and capabilities rather than the glamour of the subject or the money generating power of any profession. The demand for any particular type of professionals varies over time so the key criteria is to study the subject that you are capable of handling and has interest in, then work hard for it.


Karen has been participating in the career talks organized by the school in the past few years. She is most willing to talk to the girls who want to know more about developing a career in the medical field and her contact address is Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Queen Mary Hospital, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong.


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Interview with Phoebe Lam - Class of 2013

Phoebe Lam, DGS Class of 2013, has in April 2014 won the Top 10 Outstanding Youth Award – a prestigious prize presented by HKSAR Home Affairs Bureau and Commission on Youth to commend on her outstanding achievements in personal development, leadership and social services. Phoebe is the youngest winner in the Open Category of the Award for her eight years’ participation in community services. Since Primary Four, Phoebe has been awarded numerous service awards from Hong Kong Red Cross, Hong Kong Social Welfare Department and Hong Kong Education Bureau’s Community Health Youth Club. She is also an accomplished pianist, violinist and swimmer.

In May 2014, Andrea Lai, Audrey Chen and Adeline Cheng of the DOGA Editorial Sub-committee, met up with Phoebe to discuss what motivated her and how, despite her busy academic schedules, she found the time to participate in a diverse range of activities, including sports, music and community services.

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I: Interviewers P: Phoebe

I:   DGS’ school motto is Daily Giving Service. By giving so much to the community since Primary Four, you really have embraced wholeheartedly our school motto from a very tender age. What made you become so concerned with helping the needy?

P:   My mum got me interested in social services when she brought me to sell flags in Sheung Shui when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I found that I was very happy to serve our community. I started to be quite active in doing community services work from S1. I helped in local community centres where I was involved in both youth and elderly social services. I even learned sign language so I could help the deaf and dumb. With more time devoted to community services work, I had to give up gymnastics but I felt it was worth it as I was doing something meaningful and giving back to our community. By doing community services, I saw that there were a lot of inequality in the world, and so many people less fortunate than I am. I felt that God wanted me to use my abilities to help others and to live a purposeful life.

 

I:   What is your biggest inspiration or motivation in helping the needy? What has been your greatest reward or satisfaction from your work in helping the needy?

P:   I joined the Red Cross in S1 and during Easter of that year, I helped out in a 3-day event for teens with Down Syndrome. There was a one-on-one session where I had to counsel and chat with one of the participants. I paired up with a teenage boy who I thought had the intellect of a young child. At first, I found him shy and withdrawn, not eager to communicate. However, after 3 days of playing and chatting with him, I saw a changed person – I remember on the third day, he was so eager to take a photo with me. The government can, and does give funding, but we, the community, can really help them on a personal level. I felt I had touched his soul during those 3 days and he touched mine. He wasn’t the only one who received help, I received help as well. I felt an inner joy by helping him, and I experienced growth in my own personal character.


Phoebe at Red Cross drilling competition.

 

I:   What do you think is the biggest challenge in helping the community?

P:   It’s a challenge to find people with the same goals and mission as you and even if you do find one, it is difficult to find people with enough commitment to carry the job through. People have different priorities in life and in my experience, with community services work, there is often quite a huge variance on how much one is willing to give. It makes the job all the tougher to achieve.

 

I:   What is one of the causes closest to your heart? What would you hope to see changed in terms of that cause, say 20 years from now?

P:   I think it would be how to get more people involved in community services and be more committed to the cause. My wish is to find people, with bigger hearts to give, not for oneself but for others. I would also like to see more funding from the government to expand community services work.

 

I:   As a first year student at HKUST, your circle of friends and network is obviously larger than it was at DGS. Do you think you could expand your efforts in helping the community such as by enlisting more of your university friends to help with your cause?

P:   I find it easier to participate in community services work at HKUST as there is a HKUST Connect platform where staff could enlist help from HKUST students. Their staff also encourages us to initiate new projects to help the needy. I recently participated in an initiative in Cheung Sha Wan where we collected not-so-fresh vegetables from the wet market vendors and distributed them personally to the poor. It was very gratifying to help on site and to get my hands dirty when I helped others. It was a more personal and intimate experience than doing high-level charitable work or fund raising activities.

 

I:   As former DGS girls, we all know how hectic life at school can be with academic studies and extracurricular activities. You were an accomplished pianist, violinist and swimmer during your time at DGS. How did you juggle your time between studies, social activities and community service work?

P:   In order to juggle so many activities, effective planning is the key to success. When you have a zillion things to do, it’s very easy to lose track of what is the next thing to be done and I find that keeping a good timetable and a to-do list which is updated on-the-go are also very important. Also, you have to acknowledge that you can’t do it all by yourself and you have to learn to delegate certain duties to others.

Knowing how to prioritise is also essential. Two factors need to be considered when prioritising the different activities. Firstly, one has to weigh the importance of the various activities. I put academic studies on the top of my list because academic results are very important, as it will determine the university you will go to, and the degree you will undertake. Secondly, the level of responsibility I undertook with respect to that activity also determined how much time and effort I put in. For example, I would devote more of my time as chairlady of the Red Cross Club than as secretary of the Humanities Club.

I also found that some activities such as singing in the choir and swimming were helpful in relieving stress in everyday life.

 

I:   How do you balance breadth and depth?

P:   I think it depends on age. When you are in primary school, you should focus on breadth to see what your interests and talents are. When you reach secondary school, you go for depth because hopefully, you will know what you like and what you do best and you should specialise in those areas. It’s just like choosing your degree in university – knowing what best suits you.

 

I:   What was most memorable experience during your DGS days?

P:   S5 at DGS was the year that gave me the most memorable experience. I was the most busy that year, being a prefect, the Red Cross Club chairlady at School, secretary of the Humanities Club, member of the choir, still swimming on a regular basis as well as preparing for the DSE examinations the year after. I had to learn how to prioritise my time between academic studies and extracurricular activities. I found myself sleeping very late at night to complete all the tasks on hand and as you can imagine, it was very tough. I kept asking myself why I chose to make myself so busy and my schedule so packed. I believed that God gave me the gift to wisely manage my time and I was not afraid of hard work. Looking back, I was very amazed that I could survive S5 in one piece with very little sleep or food! I felt that it was truly worthwhile when I found out in S6 that I was awarded Student of the Year in S5.


Phoebe at Choir rehearsal.

I also remember a lot about my teachers. They were very supportive of me. There was one time when my exam results were not very satisfactory but the teachers were not disappointed in me. Instead, they consoled me and gave me counseling and tuition. Even though I fell, the teachers were there ready with a helping hand, and had faith that I would soon pick myself up. They really had faith in me, and for that, I am grateful.

 
Phoebe with Chinese teacher and S1 form teacher Mr. HC Chan.

I:   What do you miss most about DGS?

P:   I miss the library the most. During my final years at DGS, I spent a lot of time studying and having meetings in the library. Whenever I took a break from my studies and looked out the library windows, I would admire our beautiful new campus, which made me so proud of my school. I have very fond memories of the library as it was a place where I derived a lot of satisfaction from. I treat it as a haven whenever I felt tired and weary from all the challenges I faced.

 

I:   What do you feel most proud of as a DGS girl?

P:   I truly felt special as a DGS girl when I entered university. I felt people gave me more respect and confidence when they hear that I’m a DGS girl. They also had higher expectations of me, and with that, came greater responsibility. I feel blessed as not all people will have this opportunity.

 
Phoebe with her mom on DGS Speech Day 2012. She was awarded Student of the Year.

I:   How do you think girls at DGS now can do more to help the community?

P:   At DGS, there are already lots of community services club such as the Red Cross, Girl Guides, Counseling team and Citizens Club at School. The School can help by raising awareness, both of the global needs of the world and also the local needs of our community. Community services activities of the various clubs could be promoted by putting up posters around the School and the School can encourage the girls to embrace, by action, our school motto – Daily Giving Service – by devoting their time to help those who are less fortunate than we are.

 

I:   What does the future hold after winning the Top 10 Youth Award? Any words of wisdom for us?

P:   I am grateful for receiving this award as I see it as an affirmation of my services to the community. However, I believe anyone can do the work to receive the award. You don’t need to be born with any particular talent. The most important is to have a big and generous heart to give and to do. Increasing awareness of the different needs around our community is also important. I believe it is important to start young. As the youth generation is the future pillar of our society, it would be easier to instill in them a sense of social responsibility when they are still young. My sincere hope is that many of our readers will be inspired by this interview to start lend a helping hand and contribute to building a better future for our community.

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Vivian Au - Class of '85

Katherine Wong of the sub-committee spoke with Vivian in December 2002 for this interview.


After spending 7 years working for Toronto's Fairchild Radio, Vivian left her position as Chief News Editor in July, moving to Los Angeles for a career opportunity with TVB U.S.A.


Vivian remembers well her 12 years of mostly sweet and worry-free school days at DGS. The significance of starting each day with "morning assembly" has stayed with her until now. "We were taught to start each day by focusing on God the Creator, for it is in Him where everything began. As a Christian, I remind myself to start each day with prayer and thanksgiving. Even when I was gravely ill in 1995, I knew God was watching over me. By focusing on the Lord, the troubles and challenges I face seem much smaller and easier to overcome."


Among the many useful and important things that she learnt back in her school days, the most valuable lesson was to "believe in yourself". This is also what Vivian recognizes as setting us apart from other women - self-confidence. "I know my views count, my voice deserves to be heard, and I have a place in this world. As cliche as it may sound, our motto "Daily Giving Service" says it all. We contribute to the community by offering ourselves, our training, our gifts, our experiences - We are of value because we mean something to the people around us. God created us to connect. And what I learnt at DGS definitely helped me 'connect' with others, while being true to myself. Did I realize how much this would mean to me? Well, definitely not as much as I do now."


She keeps in close contact with her best buddies mostly by email and phonecalls, and never ceases to be amazed at how easily they can just pick up from where they last left off. "Again, it's that spirit of 'the DGS family' at work. And believe me, that spirit stays with you forever." The experience that the students shared in their school days is unique in that strong sense of belonging. Not only do they go through together the imprints of personal growth, but also the process of a 'corporate growth'.


She remembers well Mrs. So, her F.4 class teacher: very stern, but well respected for her directness and honesty. Also Mr. Mok, who is noted for talking about the most "unconventional" topics in E.P.A. lessons and introducing a variety of thought provoking inspirations such as showing students the film "Yellow Earth" by Chen Kai-ge or to see a play at the Fringe Club, playing songs from his own band "Black Bird" - "He wanted us to think for ourselves, to have a mind of our own. Those were indeed eye-opening experiences."


After graduating from Rutgers University with a major in communications, she moved to Toronto, seeking a job in the city of immigrants which related to the fast-growing Chinese media industry. Her boss (a DBS old boy) considered her strong language skill to be an asset in the News Department. This jump-started her career as a radio journalist.

 

When asked what her impressions of the DOGA are, her keen journalistic eye may have revealed some undiscovered aspects of our true potentials: in essence, "It is that "DGS Spirit" which drives us to actively get involved in anything that has to do with our old school. But perhaps it is also time for us to consider our role in the society at large. As a group of intelligent and well-educated women, DOGA can be a 'voice of conscience' especially when it comes to education and women's issues in the HK society. Apart from organizing charitable events, DOGA can take a stand whenever women's rights or equality in education are being challenged or compromised. The "unbroken family" could very well make a difference!"


"Imagine yourself to be a sponge and absorb all that you can! The opportunities offered in DGS are rare and diversified. Savour each moment of learning, and you'll realize later that you've seen, heard, smelled, tasted and touched much more than you can expect."


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